Hello gals! Today we’re taking a break from mine and Susanne’s Spring collaboration to continue with my 2019 style series, Building a Wardrobe that Works for You. Before we get too far into spring, I thought we better discuss color. So today let’s learn how to choose the colors of your wardrobe.
If you’ve read the first installments of this year’s style series, you know that I have decided to narrow my personal wardrobe down a bit. I’m tired of having a closet full of clothes, but having to overthink how to put them together to create outfits. So my goal for this style series is to help us create a smaller but more functional wardrobe, one that really works.
One of the main ways we can go about streamlining our wardrobe while increasing its functionality is to pare down the number of colors we wear. But how’s a gal to go about that?
#1 – Observe the colors you naturally gravitate toward.
Look through you closet. Do you see a color trend? What colors do you tend to reach for when you shop?
Of course, you may gravitate toward certain colors only because someone you trusted in the past told you to wear those shades, but you don’t actually like them or even feel comfortable or beautiful in them. That’s why you need to reconsider those choices. If you’re happy with them, great. If you realize that you’ve been stocking your closet with certain colors that other people chose for you, you may want to switch those up.
#2 – Think about the colors that garner the most compliments for you.
What colors are you wearing when you receive compliments on your appearance? It’s usually color that brings on the compliments, not style or cut or textures. The colors that cause people to stop and take a second look at you are probably good choices.
#3 – Consider your personal style essence or personality and your lifestyle.
For instance, if you’re a laid back gal and enjoy working and spending time outdoors, you may want to stock your closet with more earthy tones or at least the colors you see in nature. But if your personal style essence is distinctly feminine, you may prefer pastels.
#4 – Select your signature colors.
You might have expected me to suggest choosing your neutrals first, but we’ll get to those next. First, after following steps 1-3 it really makes more sense to select your signature colors. These are the colors that you believe will best tell your story.
These are the colors that:
- you naturally prefer and reach for.
- you enjoy wearing.
- you get compliments in.
- you love.
- make you feel like you.
- make you happy.
- fit your lifestyle and personal style essence.
I suggest narrowing down your signature colors to 3-6. These colors can change with the seasons or with the trends. It’s really up to you. For instance, you may want to have one set of signature colors for spring and summer and another set for fall and winter.
So far, I have decided that my signature colors, at least for spring and summer, will be pink, green, red and blue. There will be little to no yellow, orange, purple or burgundy in my wardrobe.
# 5 – Consider your skin, hair and eyes.
What about skin, hair and eyes? How do these play into the equation? Your skin tone and undertone are more important when considering the exact shades of the colors you choose. For instance, if you have warm undertones, you may want to wear an orange-red instead of a blue-red. And you may choose peach instead of pink. Or if you have cool undertones, you may get better results wearing brown with a blue undertone instead of brown with a yellow undertone.
But for the most part, you can wear the colors you choose. You’ll just want to be careful of the undertones.
I shared more information about discovering your undertones and how to take them into consideration in this post.
#6 – Select your neutrals.
Once you’ve selected your signature colors you’re ready to choose your neutrals. Think about which neutrals – black, grey, brown, camel, navy, burgundy or olive – work best with the signature colors you’ve selected.
Here are a few other considerations when choosing neutrals:
- If black looks too stark on you, consider going with grey. It’s softer on aging skin.
- If you spend a lot of time in blue jeans, you might want navy to be one of your neutrals.
- You might want to decide whether you’ll mostly wear white or off white. That may influence your choice of your neutrals.
- Your neutrals will generally be the colors for your wardrobe essentials.
I suggest choosing only two neutrals (besides white or off white) if possible. Usually you’ll find that you can wear most anything in your signature colors with two neutrals, but if you throw a third one in the mix it complicates things.
I’ve decided my neutrals year round will be black and navy. I will mostly wear white instead of off white. However, I’m not getting rid of off white pieces I already own.
#7 – Throw in some accent colors if you desire.
You’re not actually limited to the neutrals and signature colors you’ve chosen. But these will simply make up the bulk of your wardrobe. If you still want to wear the other colors in the rainbow, just use them as accents – maybe in jewelry, shoes, scarves, handbags. You’ll want to choose accent colors that compliment or contrast with your signature colors and work with your neutrals.
For instance, I have a silk scarf that is largely burgundy, pink and brown, but it compliments my pink sweaters well. Also, I enjoy wearing my leopard print shoes and accessories as accent colors.
What are Your Colors?
I’d love to hear if you have decided on the colors of your wardrobe. Are you joining me in narrowing down your wardrobe so that it works for you better? Let me know. And share with us if you’ve decided on your neutrals and signature colors. And of course, let me know if you have any questions.
Blessed for My Day
Today may you be blessed with the assurance that God has the whole world in His hands. Remember that song? Maybe you sang it as a child. “He’s got the whole world in His hands!” Today let that assurance make a difference in your perspective.
When you turn on the news, remember,He’s still on His throne. When your day doesn’t go as planned, know that it went according to His plans. When something takes you by surprise and catches you off guard, rest assured that He is not caught off guard. He doesn’t have a plan B. He doesn’t need one. He has the whole world in His loving, capable, kind and good hands.
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. ~ Isaiah 25:1